Yusuf Sheikh had already bettered his performance and improved on his seeding in previous editions of the British Junior Open. Now facing second-seeded Muhammad Humza Khan of Pakistan, he had an uphill battle ahead of him to claim the title.
The first two sets saw Yusuf being over-powered by Khan. He raced to a 7-4 lead in the third but was unable to keep it up as Khan finished off the match 11-4, 11-3, 11-7.
In the Boy’s Under-13, Harry Bloomfield played in the 13-16 playoffs. He beat Jude Gibbins in four very close sets yesterday afternoon. That performance was followed up by a 3-2 win over James Lee, 11-8 in the fifth. He finishes this tournament as the 13th placed participant.
Charlie McCrone in the Girls’ Under-13 played in the 17-20 playoffs, and faced Kiwi, Anabel Romero Gemmell in three sets, with two of them going to a tie-break. Unfortunately, she lost in the final placing match to American Alexandra Jaffe, 13-11, 11-3, 11-5.
Sean Murphy in the Boys’ Under-15 won both his matches in the 33-64 playoffs against Canadian Ewan Harris and Englishman Sonny Flint. He finishes the tournament in joint-33rd place with no final play-off match.
Another Irishman in the Boys’ Under-15, Jack O’Flynn also won his final two matches in the 29-32 playoffs, both in straight sets, earning him the 29th-place in the competition.
Ryan Gwidzma of Zimbabwe beat Mumin Bilen in straight sets early yesterday afternoon. However, he lost out in a tough five-set battle against Kim Kun of South Korea, finishing in joint-43rd place.
The 9-12 playoffs of the Girls’ Under-17 featured Saran Nghiem in a rematch of the final at the British Junior Championships earlier in October as she faced Torrie Malik. However, she was unable to avenge her loss, falling in straight sets. Her final match was against Lina Tammam of Egypt, one which she won confidently, 11-3, 11-1, 11-7.
Max Forster in the Boys’ Under-19 beat fellow countryman Jared Carter in four-sets after overcoming a slow start yesterday. He faced Toufik Mekhalfi of France for the 17th-place and stopped a comeback from Mekhalfi by taking the last set 11-9.
UNSQUASHABLE would like to congratulate all players on their performances and for putting their best into every match. We wish all players all the best for the upcoming year ahead.